Children who are at severe risk of allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) are often prescribed epinephrine auto-injectors. Because there are several different epinephrine auto-injectors available, it’s important to become familiar with the nuances of how to use each one. Generally, when your doctor prescribes the auto-injector, they will also show you how to use it.

While auto-injectors are designed to be easy to use, parents and caregivers who may need to use one on a child should be trained by a medical provider at least once a year. When using an auto-injector, remember to follow the instructions printed on the package.

In the video below, Amanda Troger, RN, a nurse in the Allergy and Immunology Department at Children’s National Hospital, explains how to use the four different types of auto-injectors currently on the market for treatment of food allergy or other anaphylactic reactions.


Amanda Troger, RN, is a nurse in the Allergy and Immunology Department at Children's National Hospital.

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